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Protection Preparedness & Consultancy

Protection Preparedness & Consultancy

Since 1977, EPE offers integrated services against oil and chemical spills and has responded to more than 2000 incidents. Our experience and specialized scientific and technical personnel, allow EPE to maintain its leading role in the protection of the marine environment.

Having served the environment for more than four decades now, EPE has been recognized and appreciated by the relevant national and international authorities and organizations.

EPE is the only business in Greece that can offer comprehensive services for the protection of the marine environment at every stage (prevention – response – protection – shoreline clean up – waste management). Our expertise is demonstrated by preserving long-term and trusting relationships with the largest ports, oil facilities, and onshore industries.

Our aim is to establish an effective strategic and operational response plan and a mechanism that can deal with any marine environmental challenge.

Scope

The Ship-generated waste reception and management plan (WMP) is designed for ports and industry in order to meet all the requirements of European Directive 2019/883/EC .

The WMP addresses the reception and management of solid and liquid waste streams normally generated by ships using the port without causing undue delay to ships. The WMP is submitted to the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy and EPE monitors the entire process until final approval is granted.

  • Database of physical and chemical properties of oil products and liquid chemical substances.
  • Scientific analysis of oil behaviour and weathering at sea.
  • Environmental sensitivity mapping.
  • Description of the pre-positioned antipollution equipment and means meeting the requirements set by the Coast Guard.
  • Mobilisation procedures of response resources.
  • Development of the preparedness and response mechanism against pollution incidents.
  • Establishment of a training and exercises schedule for installation’s staff.
Development of the Plan

According to the Greek Joint Ministerial Decision 3122.3-15/71164/2021, WMP should include at least the following requirements:

  • Registrations of ships that sail to port.
  • Recording of the current legislation and its amendments.
  • Type and quantities of waste received from ships.
  • Description of available port reception facilities.
  • Description of methods and procedures for managing the different waste streams in the port.
  • Allocation and contact details of persons and entities involved in the project.
  • Integration of the required contracts and licenses.
  • Reporting procedures for alleged inadequacies of port reception facilities.
  • Description of the cost recovery system.
  • Environmental impact assessment and implementation of an environmental management system.
  • Creation of information booklet for users to ensure the effective implementation of the plan and the prevention of illegal discharges to the sea.
Scope

The Port Contingency Plan for all ports and terminals is designed according to the requirements of the National Contingency Plan for the Response to Pollution from Oil and other Hazardous Substances (PD 11/2002). The study aims to establish procedures that may prevent oil spills and to maintain a sufficient level of operational preparedness, in case of an incident. The plan is submitted to the competent Coast Guard for approval and integration to the regional mechanism.

Development of the Plan
  • General description and vessel traffic of the facility.
  • Risk assessment of marine pollution based on different oil spill scenarios.
  • Analysis of meteorological, hydrodynamic and oceanographic data and other local environmental parameters.
  • Database of physical and chemical properties of oil products and liquid chemical substances.
  • Scientific analysis of oil behaviour and weathering at sea.
  • Environmental sensitivity mapping.
  • Description of the pre-positioned antipollution equipment and means meeting the requirements set by the Coast Guard.
  • Mobilisation procedures of response resources.
  • Development of the preparedness and response mechanism against pollution incidents.
  • Establishment of a training and exercises schedule for installation’s staff.

EPE has also developed a variety of training programmes related to environmental protection, preparedness and emergency response in order to meet the specific needs of the industry. Upon delivery of the course, delegates receive a certificate of completion under ISO standards for the training services. The seminars are flexible as regards the duration and content and they may be delivered in-house in order to suit client’s location and working hours. This one-day training is delivered annually and includes demonstration and familiarization with the equipment.

The operational preparedness of the resources is essential to address all hazards and emergency response situations in the facility. EPE organizes regular inspection and maintenance of the response equipment and means as well as an annual antipollution exercise. The exercises are conducted with the participation of designated response personnel, subcontractors and under the supervision of the coast guard where all available means are tested and deployed. The performance of the teams and their efficient communication, coordination and collaboration are evaluated by EPE and recommendations for improvements are submitted to the facility.

In the case of a large-scale incident, EPE may mobilize among others:

  • Scientific personnel to coordinate and manage oil pollution incident response operations.
  • Technicians with high expertise in response, waste management and marine operations.
  • Additional antipollution equipment and specialized vessels.
  • Supporting resources and services to response operations.
  • Dedicated studies into environmental and operational aspects of the incident.

 

Our strengths
  • Our deep insight and extensive experience in the marine environmental protection field enable us to offer client-oriented solutions for any environmental challenge.
  • Our scientific and operational staff, all trained according to IMO standards, coordinate their experience and specialties to provide high-value added services.
  • EPE maintains all relevant quality certifications (ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015,  ISO 45001:2018, ΙSO 16304:2018, SA 8000:2014) for delivering marine protection and response services.